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The Colony Park Sustainable Community Initiative began as a three-year master planning process supported through a $3 million U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Sustainable Communities Challenge Grant. The culmination of this planning process was the adoption of the Colony Park Master Plan and Design Guidelines and Planned Unit Development (PUD) zoning district for the 208-acre parcel of publicly-owned land located on Loyola Lane between Johnny Morris Road and Decker Lane.
The City of Austin Economic Development Department is now working to ensure that the next phase of the project, the Implementation Phase, is successful. During this phase, the City will work with community partners to search for a Master Developer through a formal Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and Request for Proposal (RFP) process. We believe that with this two-step process we can secure a Master Developer who will work with city staff and the community to realize the Colony Park vision.
On May 8, Catellus Development Corporation (Catellus), the shortlisted qualified developer, submitted their proposal to the City of Austin for consideration to be selected as the finalist for the Colony Park Master Developer.
On May 24, the City held a Colony Park Public Open House where over 100 attendees scored a community video presentation submitted by Catellus. The community provided feedback and input gathered during this event contributed towards the evaluation of the developer's proposal.
On June 19, City staff along with one Community stakeholder reviewed and evaluated the proposal, including the community feedback received at the May 24th meeting. Upon completing this process, the evaluation panel determined the qualifications and proposal submitted by Catellus warranted a recommendation of Catellus as the finalist for the Colony Park Master Developer.
On June 28th, City staff recommended the selection of Catellus as the Colony Park Master Developer and will be asking for Council Action on October 4th to authorize negotiation and execution of an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (ENA) between Catellus and the City of Austin.
The City of Austin Purchasing Office is hosting a “Meet & Greet” for the Colony Park Sustainable Community on Saturday, September 8 from 11:00am–1:00pm. This public meeting is an opportunity for Colony Park residents and Austin community members to meet the Catellus development team, the recommended Colony Park Master Developer.
The “Meet & Greet” will include a presentation and a moderated Q&A session to answer questions submitted by the community. During the public meeting, attendees can visit with various project staff to gain a better understanding of the Colony Park Sustainable Community project, as well as, submit comments or questions. The presentation will begin at 11:30am. Free food and refreshments will be provided. Spanish translation services will be available.
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Nearby City Initiatives
Colony Park District Park Master Plan: 93-acres of parkland located at the heart of the Colony Park Master Plan will soon offer open spaces for families to enjoy. Development of the District Park was made possible by the City of Austin 2008 Bond, including matching grants from a Texas Parks and Wildlife Local Park Grant and a St. David’s Healthy Living grant provided by Austin Parks Foundation. Colony Park District Park is expected to offer outdoor recreation opportunities that promote physical activity and healthy living.
Walter E. Long Master Plan: The Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park Master Plan will help determine the long-range vision for the entirety of the park, including areas currently used by other organizations. Potential improvements in the park could include elements such as enhanced trails, additional water-related recreation, fitness opportunities, camping, special event venues, and educational and cultural exhibits.